Kampung spirit in jointly tackling big issues
The Malay-Muslim community has unique values that it can share with the greater Singapore community.
These values - which include a strong sense of family and the spirit of gotong royong or mutual help - mean the community can take the lead in bringing back the kampung spirit to help deal with big issues as a community. This was one of the main takeaways of a two-hour dialogue session that was held on Sunday for the Malay-Muslim community to discuss matters raised in last week's National Day Rally speeches.
Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, the Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs speaking to reporters after the closed-door event, said that he was encouraged by the level of discussion and the community's willingness to share its values with other communities.
"There was a lot of discussion about the values we hold as Malay-Muslims and how that can be shared with other communities, and how we can also show them something positive for people to perceive of our own community," said Dr Yaacob, who is also Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts.